The Black Bull: Banquet Hall Located at 1124 Guelph Line, Burlington

– Unless otherwise stated! Be sure to check events for alternate venues.

– Can’t find us? Ask the Black Bull staff where the slam is! They’ll be happy to point you in the right direction!

3rd Thursday of every month.  Sign-up is @ 8pm with Open Mic and then Slam to follow

For smoking hot poetry!

A cover charge $5 (Only $5???) goes towards paying for the feature performer and prize money for the winner of the slam.

As always we’ll have an Open Mic for any and all types of performance; bring your guitar, your songs, your stand-up, your rants and ragtime show tunes – it’s all about getting it out there!  Or you can always sign up for the slam, see if you have what it takes to reign supreme, and take home the cash prize.


Thursday, May 21st
Burlington Slam Project Feat. Patrick DeBelen!



Finals is over, the dust has settled, we have a new team! Dan Murray has been humbled! Guess we’d better take a break right?

Uh…have you -met- us?

We’re not settling down! We’re gonna KEEP THIS THING ROLLIN’! So we’re into the summertime slams, which are generally not seasonal, and aren’t worth points towards the team. But they’re still Bringin’ Shit Proper! We’ll be hitting up the back room in the Black Bull once again to come at you with that big slam energy, and a -big- slam feature to go with it – Patrick DeBelen!

Patrick de Belen is an award-winning spoken word artist, youth mentor and arts educator. Legend has it, that he harnessed his inner-dopeness at an unbelievably early age, and had trouble controlling it ever since. Birthed from an intricately spun web of hypocrisy, cynicism, privilege and struggle, PDB’s poetry is a young man’s attempt at knowing and being better than expected. With clever punchlines and a raw perspective, his style of storytelling has earned him a national poetry slam championship, the inaugural Canadian Youth Poet of Honor Award and the opportunity to share his work in venues and festivals all across North America for organizations like TED, CBC, NXNE and more.

Off the stage, PDB is focused on his real passion of inspiring, healing, and mobilizing youth everywhere. He is the Director of BAM! Youth Slam, Toronto’s only monthly youth poetry slam, as well as a resident arts educator/spoken word artist for numerous schools across five Boards in Ontario. Whether it’s the hundreds of classrooms he’s taught in, or the many grassroots initiatives he has a hand in, his quest to spark dialogue with our young leaders continues to gain momentum.

 Come on out and see what all the buzz is about Burlington’s ever-growing spoken word event! Bring a fiver and a friend! Volunteer with the slam and your entry is free!

What are you waiting for?

Hope to see y’all out!

  1. Freddie Krueger

    thank you SO much for useing that picture for your wedsite :) it means alot to me and i will be sure to atend the next slam :)

  2. I’m excited to see David Perez on July 21st!

  3. where is the October slam and who is featuring?

  4. KATALOG Issue 4: DIALOG
    Submission Deadline: November 11, 2011

    Language consists heavily of body, sound and text. We are looking for performance which uses the spoken voice and which pushes our understanding of language and communication. KATALOG is a performance based online publication that has the ability to include both video and sound. We are looking for submissions for an upcoming issue called DIALOG. In this issue of KATALOG we are seeking both traditional and loose ideas of the performance of spoken word.

    You can send your documentation / creations / writings / questions to submission@cccponline.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    To view past issues of KATALOG please visit http://katalog.cccponline.net

  5. Great Article. You do a good job. I appreciate it.

  6. I would strenuously urge people to catch Christian Drake. He is truly remarkable.

  7. If someone could shoot me an email, I would greatly appreciate it because I have a few questions about The Burlington Slam Project
    Thanks so much! :)

  8. Had an amazing time last night… was my and my friend’s first time out and we really enjoyed ourselves! So much talent in southwest Ontario!

    I especially enjoyed P.O.E. (winner) and Bawsome (not sure if I got his name right – 3rd place). In his 1st performance, a couple lines of Bawsome’s slam LITERALLY gave me chills and made the hair on my arms stand up!!! Visceral!

    • thanks for coming out Esther – glad to hear that you had a good time!
      please help us spread the word – we’ll do it again on the 3rd Thursday of November with a different feature artist and a new line-up of slammers vying for that top spot and $100 cash prize.

  9. Hi there,
    I was wondering.. Are your poetry slams available to audiences of all-ages?

    • Dan(AKA Dan Murray(AKA Dan))

      Yes, Katie, they are! We like to advice a bit of discretion – as there is no censorship on our stage, so poets can be found discussing topics of a sensitive or more mature nature, as well as using foul language, but we put no restrictions on age at our shows, or on our stage.

  10. If you want to perform a poem can you just show up and sign up the night of the event? Are there any requirements to be met?

    • Yup, just show up the night of the slam and when the host calls for sign up go put your name (or an alias) down on the list.

      There are no requirements. But if you want to compete in the slam there are some rules. If you find a little daunting then you might want to consider the open mic

  11. Hey! Around what time will Slam go until on Thursday evening (Aug 21)?

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